UM graduate Arleen Adams led a sunrise ceremony

As part of American Indian Heritage Day at the University of Montana, UM graduate Arleen Adams led a sunrise ceremony at the firepit near the Payne Family Native American Center on September 24, 2021.  

Char-Koosta News 

MISSOULA — Since 1997, the University of Montana has celebrated American Indian Heritage Day on the fourth Friday in September. The University of Montana commemorates American Indian Heritage Day by honoring the people, cultures, and contributions of Native Americans. Each day had a different theme.

On Monday, September 20, it was Native Issues T-Shirt Day. Native American Studies, the Native American Student Advisory Council, and the Provost’s Office sponsored a Welcome Back barbecue Potluck.

Solidarity Day was held on Tuesday, September 21. Students, faculty, staff, and members of the Missoula community were encouraged to wear red in support of “Missing and Murdered Ingenious Women/Men” and orange in support of Every Child Matters in recollection of lives lost in residential boarding schools.

Wednesday, September 22, was Rock Your Mocs Day. It was Native Griz Gear Day on Thursday. Shinny/double ball Native games were sponsored by the All Nations Health Center on the Oval near the Payne Family Native American Center.

Dr. Dave Beck presented “Federal Coercion and Tribal Termination in the 1950s and 1960s” as part of the Native American Studies Featured Speaker Series.

Ribbon Skirts/Shirts day was on Friday, September 24. The festivities began with a Sunrise Ceremony led by Arlene Adams. The College of Health’s Health Center Career Opportunities sponsored the activity.

The Payne Family Native American Center Ethnobotany Garden offered tours led by native plant stewardship and ethnobotany interns.

The Alexander Blewett III School of Law’s Native American Law Student Association and the Margery Hunter Brown Indian Law Clinic held a “Legal Grind” recruitment activity in the Payne Family Native American Center Room.

The premiere of “The Woman Who Married a Star,” narrated by Leo Bird (Blackfeet), was held in the Payne Family Native American Center Planetarium by Native American Studies, Physics, and the College of Humanities and Sciences.

The Native American Natural Resources Program sponsored featured speaker Sammy Matsaw (Shoshone-Bannock/Oglala Lakota), whose presentation is titled Building as an Educator and Scientist to Tribal Employment as Co-Founders of River Newe, an Indigenous-Owned Nonprofit Organization at Urey Lecture Hall.

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